LOS ANGELES – Celebrating, exploring, and uniting Middle Eastern and Western dance for the 21st century, Los Angeles-based Bellydance Evolution presents Alice in Wonderland at El Portal Main Stage Theatre in North Hollywood on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m., launching a west coast tour which continues on to Everett and Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR.
Founded in 2009, world renowned choreographer, Jillina Carlano, created a revolutionary approach to the whimsical and magical tale, re-imagining the colorful, iconic – and dare some say, “mad” – characters through the language of world fusion dance. Presenting theatrical dance shows with a storyline, much like a ballet, Bellydance Evolution features a cast of 20 international performers who are passionate about their art in the fields of Middle Eastern dance and music, break dance, theatrical hip-hop, contemporary, tribal and fusion dance, each bringing their own unique vision to the production.
Bellydance Evolution’s Alice in Wonderland promises to take the audience on a spectacular journey that will excite both mainstream audiences and dance enthusiasts. Based on the Alice in Wonderland book, the performance is appropriate for all ages. Performing to sold-out crowds in over twenty countries spanning North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, Bellydance Evolution recently performed in Morocco with the Orchestra Philharmonic de Morocco in an “East meets West” collaboration performance and performed a 28 city, 35-performance tour of China.
“I am so excited to perform in my hometown of Los Angeles again with the return of Alice in Wonderland. We have performed this show throughout Asia, Europe, South Africa and Morocco and are thrilled to share Alice in Wonderland in Los Angeles, Oregon and Washington State this April,” exclaimed Carlano.
In conjunction with the Alice in Wonderland performances in North Hollywood, Bellydance Evolution offers several Workshops “I Follow Rivers: A Tribal Fusion Lovely with a Hint of Jazz!,” “Mystery in Movement,” “Performance Skillz: The Emotional Exploration of Dance,” “The Art of Playing the Darbuka,” and “Thunder Drum.” These classes are available individually or as an entire package. More information can be found on the Bellydance Evolution website.
Alice in Wonderland stars Jillina Carlano (Queen of Hearts), Heather Aued (Alice), Sharon Kihara (The Caterpillar), Rin Ajna (The Mad Hatter), Ellyott Colon (The White Rabbit), andOzzy Ashkenazi (The Chef).
Bellydance Evolution was created with a mission to unite Eastern and Western culture through dance and this intention is evident in the works of the company through their education and residency programs. Together, these initiatives celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of world fusion dance, culture and creativity, by sharing the joy of dance with all communities. With the success of their residency program, Bellydance Evolution has established ensemble company members in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America, which allows this large scale production to perform all over the globe. [HA1] In addition to this specialized performance program, principal cast members offer seminars that are open to all people in the community, giving dancers and non-dancers alike an opportunity to learn about this diverse and important cultural art form from accomplished masters in the field.
Alice in Wonderland has two performances: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.; andSunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $13–$39. El Portal MainStage Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets and information, call (818) 508-4200 or go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs